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  • Philosophy and Conceptual Artby Peter Goldie; Elisabeth Schellekens

    Clarendon Press 2007; US$ 43.99

    Fourteen prominent analytic philosophers engage with the philosophical puzzles raised by conceptual art: What kind of art is conceptual art? What follows from the fact that conceptual art does not aim to have aesthetic value? What knowledge or understanding can we gain from conceptual art? How ought we to appreciate conceptual art? more...

  • Pleasure and the Artsby Christopher Butler

    OUP Oxford 2005; US$ 54.99

    How do the arts give us pleasure? Covering a very wide range of artistic works, from Auden to David Lynch, Rembrandt to Edward Weston, and Richard Strauss to Keith Jarrett, Butler offers us an explanation of our enjoyable emotional engagements with literature, music, and painting. Pleasurable in its own right, Pleasure and the Arts presents a sparkling... more...

  • A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautifulby Edmund Burke; Adam Phillips

    Oxford University Press, UK 1998; US$ 8.99

    An eloquent and sometimes even erotic book, the Philosophical Enquiry was long dismissed as a piece of mere juvenilia. However, Burke's analysis of the relationship between emotion, beauty, and art form is now recognized as not only an important and influential work of aesthetic theory, but also one of the first major works in European literature... more...

  • Beauty in Bloomby Natalie Bloom

    Allen & Unwin 2008; US$ 22.68

    An exquisitely gift book, gorgeously designed and illustrated, on beauty and beautiful inspirations from Natalie Bloom, of Bloom Cosmetics. more...

  • Empiricism, Perceptual Knowledge, Normativity, and Realismby Willem A. deVries

    OUP Oxford 2009; US$ 79.99

    Leading philosophers from both sides of the Atlantic present essays on Wilfrid Sellars's Empiricism and the Philosophy of Mind, one of the crowning achievements of 20th-century analytic philosophy. They discuss empiricism, perception, epistemology, realism, and normativity, showing how vibrant Sellarsian philosophy remains in the 21st century. more...

  • Art and Experienceby Ananta Sukla

    ABC-CLIO 2003; US$ 88.00

    In recent years, experience has been one of the most ambiguous, evasive, and controversial terms in myriad disciplines including epistemology, religion, literary theory, and philosophical aesthetics. Its association with the subjective consciousness has deprived it of the cognitive status of human knowledge. ^IArt and Experience^R aims to grasp a... more...

  • Art And Engagementby Arnold Berleant

    Temple University Press 2010; US$ 37.95

    In this book Arnold Berleant develops a bold alternative to the eighteenth-century aesthetic of disinterestedness. Centering on the notion of participatory engagement in the appreciation of art, he explores its appearance in art and in aesthetic perception, especially during the past century. Aesthetic engagement becomes a key, both on historical... more...

  • Evaluating Artby George Dickie

    Temple University Press 2010; US$ 32.95

    "Those who think they know George Dickie's views should be sure to read this book. They are in for some interesting surprises. Of course, those unfamiliar with Dickie's views will also learn a lot." --Anita Silvers, San Francisco State UniversityIn this book George Dickie presents a theory about how to judge a work of art--as opposed to a theory... more...

  • Ape to Apolloby David Bindman

    Reaktion Books 2002; US$ 52.50

    In Ape to Apollo, art historian David Bindman argues that ideas of beauty were from the beginning inseparable from race, as Europeans judged the civility and aesthetic capacity of other races by their appearance. more...

  • Arts and Mindsby Gregory Currie

    Clarendon Press 2004; US$ 59.99

    Gregory Currie presents a selection of his essays in an area to which he has been a leading contributor: philosophical aesthetics and its interface with cognitive science. He shows that philosophical questions about the arts go naturally with other kinds of questions about them. He offers illuminating discussions of such topics as meaning, interpretation,... more...